Architecture Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old architecture quotes, architecture sayings, and architecture proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Architecture is the will of the age conceived in spatial terms.     

Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe

Any work of architecture which does not express serenity is a mistakes.

Luis Barragan

Architecture is not an inspirational business, it's a rational procedure to do sensible and hopefully beautiful things; that's all.     

Harry Seidler

Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.     

Frank Gehry

A great building must begin with the unmeasurable, must go through measurable means when it is being designed and in the end must be unmeasurable.     

Louis Kahn

Architecture starts when you carefully put two bricks together. There is begins.     

Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe

Architecture is the alpha principle of all arts.     

Louis-Ferdinand Céline

The hand expresses what the heart already knows.

Samuel Mockbee

The physician can bury his mistakes, but the architect can only advise his client to plant vines.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Modern architecture does not mean the use of immature new materials; the main thing is to refine materials in a more human direction.     

Alvar Aalto

One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time it is like life starting all over again.     

Renzo Piano

All architecture is great architecture after sunset; perhaps architecture is really a nocturnal art, like the art of fireworks.     

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Architecture is the king or queen of the arts.     

Gaetano Pesce

Only architecture that considers human scale and interaction is successful architecture.     

Jan Gehl

Architecture is really about well-being. I think that people want to feel good in a space. On the one hand it’s about shelter, but it’s also about pleasure.

Zaha Hadid

Architecture is supposed to complete nature. Great architecture makes nature more beautiful it gives it power.     

Claudio Silvestrin

Architecture is about public space held by buildings.     

Richard Rogers

Architecture begins where engineering ends.     

Walter Gropius

Architecture depends on its time. It is the crystallization of its inner structure, the slow unfolding of its form.     

Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe

Architecture is basically a container of something. I hope they will enjoy not so much the teacup, but the tea.     

Yoshio Taniguchi

Architecture is a visual art, and the buildings speak for themselves.     

Julia Morgan

Architecture can't force people to connect, it can only plan the crossing points, remove barriers, and make the meeting places useful and attractive.     

Denise Scott Brown

Architecture is about the understanding of the world and turning it into a more meaningful and humane place.     

Juhani Pallasmaa

As an architect you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.

Norman Foster

Architecture is a political act, by nature. It has to do with the relationships between people and how they decide to change their conditions of living.     

Lebbeus Woods

We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.     

Winston Churchill

The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.     

Frank Lloyd Wright

Home development is about wishful thinking. It's about capturing a dream.     

Barbara Delinsky

Architecture is like a mythical fantastic. It has to be experienced. It can't be described. We can draw it up and we can make models of it, but it can only be experienced as a complete whole.     

Maya Lin

All architecture is shelter, all great architecture is the design of space that contains, cuddles, exalts, or stimulates the persons in that space.     

Philip Johnson